Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure

  • Title: Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure
  • Author: Michael Chabon
  • ISBN: 9780739357897
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Gentlemen of the Road A Tale of Adventure Michael Chabon s Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay sprang from an early passion for the derring do and larger than life heroes of classic comic books Now onc
    Michael Chabon s Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay, sprang from an early passion for the derring do and larger than life heroes of classic comic books Now, once mining the rich past, Chabon summons the rollicking spirit of legendary adventures from The Arabian Nights to Alexandre Dumas to Fritz Leiber s Fafhrd and the GrMichael Chabon s Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay, sprang from an early passion for the derring do and larger than life heroes of classic comic books Now, once mining the rich past, Chabon summons the rollicking spirit of legendary adventures from The Arabian Nights to Alexandre Dumas to Fritz Leiber s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories in a wonderful new novel brimming with breathless action, raucous humor, cliff hanging suspense, and a cast of colorful characters worthy of Scheherazade s most tantalizing tales.They re an odd pair, to be sure pale, rail thin, black clad Zelikman, a moody, itinerant physician fond of jaunty headgear, and ex soldier Amram, a gray haired giant of a man as quick with a razor tongued witticism as he is with a sharpened battle ax Brothers under the skin, comrades in arms, they make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa A.D 950, living as they please and surviving however they can as blades and thieves for hire and as practiced bamboozlers, cheerfully separating the gullible from their money No strangers to tight scrapes and close shaves, they ve left many a fist shaking in their dust, tasted their share of enemy steel, and made good any number of hasty exits under hostile circumstances.None of which has necessarily prepared them to be dragooned into service as escorts and defenders to a prince of the Khazar Empire Usurped by his brutal uncle, the callow and decidedly ill tempered young royal burns to reclaim his rightful throne But doing so will demand wicked cunning, outrageous daring, and foolhardy bravado not to mention an army Zelikman and Amram can at least supply the former But are these gentlemen of the road prepared to become generals in a full scale revolution The only certainty is that getting there along a path paved with warriors and whores, evil emperors and extraordinary elephants, secrets, swordplay, and such stuff as the grandest adventures are made of will be much than half the fun.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Michael Chabon b 1963 is an acclaimed and bestselling author whose works include the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay 2000 Chabon achieved literary fame at age twenty four with his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 1988 , which was a major critical and commercial success He then published Wonder Boys 1995 , another bestseller, which was made into a film starring Michael Douglas One of America s most distinctive voices, Chabon has been called a magical prose stylist by the New York Times Book Review, and is known for his lively writing, nostalgia for bygone modes of storytelling, and deep empathy for the human predicament.


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    1. (C+) 66% | Almost SatisfactoryNotes: Grandiloquent verbosity and overlong sentences make what should be an escapist tale a needlessly bothersome read.

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    2. "All the evil in the world derives from the actions of men acting in a mass against other masses of men."- Michael Chabon, Gentlemen of the RoadJews with Swords? I guess that was Chabon's working title, if Chabon is to be believed. He is a bit unreliable. His prose, however, is delicious. His perspective is always new and fresh. I don't think this is nearly one of his great ones*, but it seems like it might have been the most enjoyable (that I've read so far) for Chabon to write. It is a yarn, a [...]

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    3. It is impossible to verbalise how much I wanted to like this book. I became an ardent fan of Chabon's output after The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and subsequently read The Wonder Boys hoping for more of the same. I rapidly realised that Chabon is an author who might thematically link his books in many ways (Judaism, homosexuality and the struggle to achieve an identity are ongoing themes) but he's not one for sticking to the same style, much like grand-master of the ever changing [...]

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    4. I thought this was great fun. The writing has been criticised as rather over-wrought – well, it is certainly a little baroque but Chabon's tongue is firmly in his cheek, and there is a wittiness to his descriptions which makes me very willing to go along for the ride. Besides, the sentences may be elaborate, but they are always interesting, utterly free from cliché, and often strange and beautiful:Then, as if overhearing and taking pity on the maudlin trend of his thoughts, the wind carried t [...]

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    5. What occurs when you have the freedom to produce any-length book after winning the Pulitzer. Believe it! This one is too short to be adventuresome, too busy in its prose to match its zippy plot. Every single sentence must be odd and fascinating which does nothing to make the tale odd and fascinating. It's an adventure ("Jews with Swords") that's not really worth taking.("K & C" may just be the only way to go)

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    6. A fun little picaresque tale of adventure and daring-do. I had no idea what to expect from this book when I picked it up a few weeks back from Powell's after a particularly entertaining reading from the author (not this book, he read from his newest). I do have to say that, after reading three of Chabon's book at this point, that the man definitely has a knack for keeping me guessing. He follows the muse wherever, and I do mean wherever, she may alight.This may not be a piece of Chabon's work th [...]

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    7. A rollicking book. If any book deserves the word 'rollicking', this is it. This adventure yarn draws heavily and with much love from Michael Moorcock, Fritz Leiber, and Robert E. Howard, among others. While some readers may wonder 'what's the point?', the reader who does not look for a point to everything will enjoy the ride immensely.

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    8. #18 in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2015: youtube/watch?v=zIWkwMichael Chabon pretending he is Jules Verne. Combines all the sheer, unbound awesomeness of Jules Verne and Michael Chabon. If all the books I read were this good I would do little in my life but read.

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    9. The marriage of a tale of legend to a story of adventure ends in a literary divorce.Chabon attempted to invoke a mini-mythology around his simple story about bandits. Unfortunately the technique distanced the reader from the action. Maybe that was his intention. I'm guessing it wasn't, having heard an interview with Chabon in which he admitted this was his first attempt at such a story and he didn't feel he knew what he was doing.

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    10. I stole this book from my friend Krystal. Ok, not so much stole as co-opted for a few days. I see her at the coffee shop and she shows me the book she just started reading. She then starts talking to other people. Having left my book at home in a rare moment of bibliotardedness, I start reading hers. She wanders off to run errands nearby and by the time she comes back I'm a third of the way into it. She gathers her things to go and tells me, "Go ahead and finish it. I've got another book."*sniff [...]

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    11. Okay, this book was f****** great. And for those of you who are a little slow those asterisks stand for ucking. I would give it 6 stars if I could.Really though, this book was just excently written. It was fun, had great character development (which I think was the main thing lacking in Chabon's last novella experiment, The Final Solution), and of course a great story with unexpected turns and an excellent ending.I've seen that some other people have written lesser reviews and I'm not sure why. [...]

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    12. I'm rewriting my review now that the book has finally come out (read it in August as an advance); I knew it would divide fans and perplex even more."Gentlemen of the Road" draws from what some might call 'pulp' fiction styles, or in other cases 'adventure fiction'. The language is very much a product of these styles of writing; frankly, prose was more complex back then (not that I'm saying it was better, but it was definitely different)-- longer sentences, oddly constructed, and florid. If you h [...]

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    13. If you favor long periods and complex wording this book is a delightful study in characters. It's not an easy read but I truly liked the protagonists and their development, not to mention the horses&elephants. What's more, I had no idea lush prose and emotional descriptions could fit a swashbuckling adventure so well; the result is intense.I mean:“Get up,” Amram said.Zelikman looked up at him, his face blank, soot-streaked, filling with that unshakable weariness as rapidly as a staved-in [...]

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    14. Reading this directly after Lawrence Block's "Tanner's Twelve Swingers" was quite eye-opening. Unlike Block, who relied on flimsy flash and sex to barrel through his story, Chabon created a complex world for his two Jews with swords - a French Jew (before there was a France) who looks like a scarecrow and a giant Abyssinian black Jew who wields a battle ax called Motherfucker. Sure, it sounds like the stuff of fantasy, but with this little novel, Chabon achieves what only the best fantasy storie [...]

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    15. There is no writer that I have more of a love-hate relationship with than Michael Chabon. Having rated his works everything from 5 stars forThe Yiddish Policemen's Unionwhich I enjoyed immensely for its humor, plot, and overall fine writing down to 2 stars for the plodding and dullTelegraph AvenueI enjoyed this book more than I thought but with some caveats. It's a fun story in a swashbuckling way but the prose is so breezy that on occasion I had to go back to the beginning of a sentence to see [...]

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    16. in his apology.terward to this quick-witted and enjoyable historical adventure story, chabon discloses that the original working title was 'jews with swords.' (personally, i think that would have been a pretty kick ass title.) chabon goes on to explain how it came to be that he, a capital-L-literature-author, ended up writing a story that involved swords. unintentionally it smacks of condescension, of a slight embarrassment of what it was trying to be. that was my only significant complain of th [...]

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    17. I didn't want to believe the negative reviews when I started this book. I'm a big fan of Michael Chabon and have been impressed with his writing. However, this novel seems to tread the line of wanting to be literary fiction or pulp adventure fiction as a result it fails at both.The novel is bland and empty. Things happen and there is a fast pace at times, but I didn't care. That's the first for a Chabon novel. I don't care about any characters or what happens to them.So, leave this one on the sh [...]

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    18. Michael Chabon has been making it hard for me lately, to love him in the way I'm used to doing. The Yiddish Policeman's Union was unfinishable for me, but I'm going to try again. This is something totally different however, a swashbuckling adventure story full of Turks, caravans, princes in disguise, swordfights and ruffians of many degree. He says in the afterward that he wanted to name the book "Jews With Swords" but didn't get a lot of positive feedback on that. But it made me like the book m [...]

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    19. I read Chabon’s satisfying adventure novel in one brisk sitting and with dictionary in hand, looking up a few archaic words each page. The chore of looking up exotic English terms mimicked the ordeals of the characters dealing with one strange situation after another and helps transport you into the terms of the story. The tropes of fantasy adventure are all here, impishly deployed and beautifully rendered. This is perhaps the first historical fantasy about the Khazars, a legendary Turkish-Cau [...]

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    20. I reviewed this for Esquire when it came out: esquire/entertainment/

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    21. Prvo se moram osvrnuti na prijevodKada sam vidio naslov prvog poglavlja: "O parbi zbog pretjerane ljubavi prema šeširu" znao sam da će ovo biti živopisno. Osim "parbe" ima tu još izraza koje nikada nisam čuo ili pročitao (šteta što se "podraslić" ne koristi češće), ali dobro, to neću uzeti za zlo, jer to je i moja krivica. No prvi puta kada sam vidio "njegva" umjesto "njegova" pomislio sam da se radi o previđenoj tiskarskoj pogrešci, ali to se ponavlja do kraja romana u svim obli [...]

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    22. Part I of the review:“I want to do nothing. Nothing. Okay, maybe I’ll read a book. Hmm… Gentleman of the Road, by Michael Chabon. Well, I really liked Kavalier and Clay. And I liked Yiddish Policeman’s Union. And this is a short book- maybe I’ll just read this book, and work myself out of this 5 month funk I’ve been in… … For numberless years a myna had astounded travelers to the caravansary with its ability to spew indecencies in ten languages, and before the fight broke out eve [...]

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    23. It's sad when I enjoy the afterword (which was itself long and self-indulgent) more than the entire book. I really wanted to like this book. The scenario was refreshing, the characters interesting and language challenging. However, I was able to easily figure out the entire plot within the first chapter. The writing was difficult -- page long paragraphs with only two sentences. I'd get to the end and find myself thinking "huh?" and return to reread. This happened repeatedly. There were many fore [...]

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    24. What are the chances that the climactic moment of two of our last three book group choices would involve a vengeful elephant dealing out violent death to the brutal villain?I liked this book. The author confesses that his working title was "Jews with Swords," and actually one of the things that I liked about it from the start was that everyone in the book is Jewish kind of incidentally. But I mean EVERYONE, including the African hero (he's Abyssinian, of course!). It's a 9th century action-adven [...]

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    25. After a slightly slow start, the story gains pace and does not let go. The prose is beautiful and clearly a bow to Michael Moorcock, whom the book is dedicated to, yet with a very own touch and incredibly concise. A sentence and Zelikman and Amram and Filaq stand before you as if you have known them forever while the plot dances from one unexpected and nevertheless oh so logical twist to the next. And oh, the bittersweet ending

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    26. I love the way Michael Chabon uses words and I love this fun, swaggering take on pulp historical adventure that reads rather like Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, if those classic characters were Jews. If you listen to the audiobook, you get the added bonus of actor Andre Braugher, who has one of the greatest voices ever, reading the book.

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    27. butiken mp3 This is my first Chabon and it's Excitement with a capital E; a ripping yarn, a rollicking story with elephants and a spoilt brat. This is how an adventure book should read and could have been longer as I was certainly up for more of the same.

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    28. The Pulitzer winner does a swashbuckler: Jews with swords!

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    29. Here is adventure, derring-do, disguise, intrigue, sardonic wit and rich, luscious prose, all bundled together in 200 pages of 10th-century adventure on the shores of the Caspian Sea. We begin in a rough caravanserai in the Caucasus, where the patrons are entertained by an unexpected duel between two of the guests: a whip-thin, melancholy Frank, and a grizzled African, which ends in the African’s unfortunate demise. However, when an old mahout later wanders out into the inn-yard, he discovers [...]

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    30. Dear Michael Chabon,I think we need to spend some time apart. I’m glad we tried, I really am. But I just don’t think things are working out between us. I know everyone will think I’m crazy—everyone loves you! Hell, my family loves you. But we just aren’t good together. There’s no spark, you know? I just…I just don’t enjoy our time together. You're a great guy, but you just can't give me what I'm looking for. You're an ideas man, and I love that about you. Like, for example, Gentl [...]

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